Candi Gedong Songo, Semarang: Beautiful Landscape

We’re back! With a new face. Oh, and Happy 2016 🙂
We tried our best to always keep on upgrading our home to be a better information source that you can get. So hopefully, this will delight every body like it did to us, Fi and San!

How was your 2016 so far?

The start of 2016, was not that exciting for me.But it wasn’t that bad either. I had a random new-year trip to Jakarta and Bandung. And it turned out to be a literally random-like trip. I had no plans on where to go, spent the 00:00 at my friend’s house and then slept after watching a horror movie, and there were definitely lots of food intake for sure. One definite thing I can’t miss is to meet San (that was the original plan for the whole trip!) in Jakarta. And that, practically sums up my first trip in 2016.

I am not going to talk about that trip now, but my second one of the year, to SemarangCentral Java, Indonesia. Long story short, it was on a very random day where a friend of mine saw a flight promo price to Semarang and we bought it, that very second. Well, not exactly. I figure, since I’ve never been to Semarang, so why not? Impulsive. Aren’t we all? Hehe

One thing you cannot miss when you travel to Indonesia is definitely the food. Semarang has some of the best local food! But the second most important thing, is indeed the historical places.

Like this amazing thing I visited in Ambarawa. Candi Gedong Songo.

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The entrance
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The welcome gate

Located at around an hour (or more) drive from Central Semarang, Gedong Songo which means nine building/temples is a Hindu temple built in the 8th – 9th century. This temple(s) is located in the mountainside of Ungaran. Currently, they only have 5 temples present.

Entering Gedong Songo will cost you around Rp 6,000 for domestic tourists and Rp 25,000 for international tourists. And as far as I can remember, there is also a one time parking fee of Rp 5,000 for cars.

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The map and price list for horse riding
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My horse, her name is Tentrem which means peaceful. She really was.

Each of the temples is located quite a short distance to each other just that you have to hike to actually visit each of them. Come prepared. Alternatively, you can also choose the option of riding horse (which I did, of course). This will cost you some amount; see photo above, and both riding horse and hiking comes with different kind of excitement, of course. After all, you can say even with riding horse, you’re still in ‘contact’ with the nature, IMO.

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The view

Come before noon is what I would suggest. Before it’s too hot to hike. When entering the gate, you’ll definitely be presented with one of the best, peaceful green view ever. I love how it was still covered with a slight fog when we were there. Nothing you can regret, all the way up.

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More view
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The second temple, taken from the third temple location

The higher you are, the more amazing the view is, for sure. I was lucky enough to have a talented horse guide who took surprisingly great photos of my friends and I. When asked, he mentioned that he does photography occasionally. Jackpot! But anyway, all the horse guides are generally nice, friendly people that you can talk to and ask around.

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The third temple
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Close up
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Another close up 🙂

We only managed to visit till the third temple. If you have the time, you can also visit the hot springs that supposedly contains sulfur located just a few steps downside temple number 3. It is said that the steam from the hot springs the can heal all types of skin diseases. I have no say to this. I just read it somewhere! haha!

Definitely visit Gedong Songo.

Fi

Candi Gedong Songo (Gedong Songo Temple)
Desa Candi, Kecamatan Bandungan
Jawa Tengah (Central Java), Indonesia

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